Tuesday, 15 March 2011


A summer plumage female brambling was a surprise in the garden this morning.

At 8.00 the Exminster marshes appeared very quiet with a few wintering ducks still present including 20 shovellers, 5 pintail and c100 wigeon. Six chiffchaffs, with one singing, were the most I have seen this year indicating a recent influx.

At Sidmouth, on the sea-front, yesterday an adult herring gull carried a colour ring. It turns out to have been rung in 2006 on the Gloucestershire land fill site.